The coronavirus pandemic will alter Halloween, evidenced by new rules and canceled events.


In the year of virtual play dates and “Zoom school,” parents are striving to make positive Halloween memories without putting their families’ health at risk.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, traditional trick-or-treating is strongly discouraged by Indianapolis and state officials. “Trunk-or-treating,” hayrides and visits to haunted houses have also been labeled as “high risk” activities.

Even 3-year-olds, such as the daughter of Indianapolis resident Chris Hilgenberg sense a shift in this holiday season.

“She knows something is definitely different this year compared to last year,” Hilgenberg said.

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Irvington residents decorate their homes in Indianapolis, Wednesday, October 21, 2020. The Historic Irvington Halloween Festival will judge exterior house decorations in the neighborhood on Oct. 26-27. (Photo: Grace Hollars/IndyStar)

Hilgenberg and other parents told IndyStar about plans to modify Halloween in the interest of social